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Growing Horseradish

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(Best months for growing Horseradish in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Plant root pieces. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 77°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 20 inches apart
  • Harvest in 16-24 weeks. Some improvement in flavour if left till after frost..
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Best kept separate
  • Horseradish leaf
    Horseradish leaf

Horseradish is grown from root cuttings. If you know someone who has it in their garden, just one piece of root will start off for you.

Dig a deep hole and refill with compost as the horseradish has a long taproot. Plant it and then leave it alone. Apart from constant wet or cold, horseradish will grow in any part of the garden.

Horseradish is an aggressive grower and will quickly take over the garden. It will also grow well in a deep container or sink an old bucket in the ground to prevent spreading. Otherwise, remove all the plant when you harvest it and save one piece to replant.

Can be planted in early Autumn or Spring

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Horseradish

Strong, spicy flavour traditionally used with roast beef.

Used grated for horseradish sauce or horseradish cream

Your comments and tips

18 Jan 17, Peter (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Any one in the Pretoria region, contact me if you want horseradish plants/root. Peter:- [email protected]
21 Jan 17, Selaelo (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am in johannesburg but i reguarly go to pretoria, how can we meet, i need horseradish
30 Dec 16, Liz (Australia - temperate climate)
It's 30th Dec 2016, my horse radish leaves are about a foot long, should I dig it now, if not, when thanks
03 Jan 17, John Mauger (Australia - temperate climate)
Horse radish would normally be harvested when it is dormant but there's no reason why you couldn't dig down beside the plant an bandicoot a few roots for your favourite source! Horseradish is very hardy and any piece left in the ground will grow. Trust this helps.
22 Dec 16, Pat (Australia - temperate climate)
When should I harvest my horseradish ? Very leafy i its own raised bed and looking real healthy
24 Dec 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Horseradish would normally be harvested in the winter when it is dormant but there is no reason why you couldn't dig down beside the plant and raid a few root pieces. the plant is almost indestructable and any small pieces of root left in the ground will grow. keep the manure, water and mulch up for good quality roots. trust this helps.
07 Dec 16, Cleopatra (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hi I'm staying in Pretoria CBD.I really need the horseradish roots where can I get it?
10 Dec 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I would try Permaculture and gardening groups. You only need a small piece of root to get started and then you will have it for life! Food Growing plant nurseries could also have it. Trust this helps.
23 Nov 16, Sarah (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
Hello Horseradish lovers am staying in Pretoria and working at Montana would like to get hold of this plant as I went to Woolworths with no luck
21 Nov 16, kay (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hi, I stay in the North West province in a town called Mahikeng. Where can I get horse radish?
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